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Production of change-of-state, change-of-location and alternating verbs: A comparison of children with specific language impairment and typically developing children

Ebbels, Susan and Dockrell, Julie and van der Lely, Heather (2012) Production of change-of-state, change-of-location and alternating verbs: A comparison of children with specific language impairment and typically developing children. Language and Cognitive Processes, 27 (9). pp. 1312-1333. ISSN 0169-0965. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Correct use of verb argument structure relies on accurate verb semantic representations whose formation depends partly on use of reverse linking. We predicted that children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), who have difficulties with reverse linking, would have inaccurate semantic representations for verbs and hence difficulties with verb argument structure. Fifteen participants with SLI (mean age: 13; 1), grammar-matched (GM) (8; 3), vocabulary-matched (VM) (8; 8), and chronological age-matched (CAM) controls (13; 1) described 24 video scenes involving four change-of-state, four change-of-location, and four alternating verbs. All groups performed worse on change-of-state than change-of-location verbs. The participants with SLI performed significantly worse than VM and CAM but not GM controls on change-of-state verbs. However, they did not differ from any group on alternating or change-of-location verbs. We concluded young people with persistent SLI have difficulties with aspects of verb argument structure into their teenage years.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 11:55
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:05
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